As you travel the world for business (or pleasure) it’s always fun to experience the local culture through food. Now we aren’t talking fancy restaurants, rather food vendors on the street… and a McCafe doesn’t count!
And yes, I have taken into account cleanliness, so no one is getting sick on my watch!
Here are some of the world’s best, and this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Think donuts crossed with a croissant – spongy, deep-fried pastry rings made of unsweetened, sticky yeast dough, with no milk or butter added. Perfect for a morning coffee.The best sfenj are prepared in hanout (closet-sized booths) in the medinas of Morocco’s biggest cities.
Cost – 10 cents each or $2.50 a kilo
Banh mi, Vietnam
I love the food in Vietnam – think French crossed with fresh Asian influences. A baguette grilled over coals – filled with meat, a touch of pâté, crunchy pickled vegetables and fresh herbs, and then add few drops of soy sauce or chilli. The sandwiches are sold almost exclusively from street stalls.
Cost – 90 cents
Think the perfect hangover food. A thick sausage cut into chunks and doused in curry flavoured ketchup/sauce. You can add chips or bread.
Cost – $3.00
Too many to pick just one, Singapore
Known as one of the cleanest places to eat street food, it also has some of the most varied options. Fish head curry, Hainanese chicken rice (a National dish), chilli crabs, satays. Try Lau Pa Sat for an old school experience.
Cost – from $2.00
Not just any tacos… but Tacos al pastor (a special in Mexico City) consists of marinated pork and pineapple and of course fresh salsa to accompany it.
Cost – $1.50
Special thanks to WTF reader Nick, for the topic idea!